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5.01.03

Postman accused of assault

Joseph Highsmith says he was playing basketball with his friends in their Kings Grant neighborhood when the ball accidentally hit the mailman's truck. And that's when things got out of control. Witnesses say Keith Halbert got out of his truck and threw the ball at one boy, and shoved and pushed another. The childrens parents called the sheriff's department and filed assault charges against Halbert.

Halbert's colleagues say they are shocked that the man who has worked for the post office for over 20 years would do something like this. Postal officials say their is currently an internal investigation underway. They won't comment on the specifics, but say that Halbert has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Reported By: Brandi Davis bdavis@wect.com

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